- The week of Thunder basketball
- Dion. Waiters.
- Did the Thunder give up on Jeremy Lamb too soon?
- Did you know Enes Kanters is bad at defense?
- Anthony Morrow
- The Rookie class
- and much much more
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Chris Palmer for Bleacher Report on Russell Westbrook: “During a defensive drill, Westbrook was
supposed to get back after a shot and be the safety valve. Instead, he crashed the offensive boards each time. Howland grew increasingly frustrated and kicked him off the floor. Westbrook mumbled under his breath and flashed that trademark scowl. Over the days, Keating began to watch Westbrook, closely paying attention to body language, tone of voice and how he reacted to any and everything. Then it hit him.”
Eric Freeman of BDL on KD’s injury: “The good news for the 5-3 Thunder is that they should be able to weather Durant’s absence over the next 10 days. They are set to face the Philadelphia 76ers (Friday) and Boston Celtics (Sunday) at home, the Memphis Grizzlies on the road (Monday), and the New Orleans Pelicans (November 18) and New York Knicks (November 20) back at home. None of those teams currently holds a record over .500. Plus, Durant’s injury and the passing of his only visit to D.C. this season should end some of the hubbub surrounding his pending free agency. At least the basketball world has something else to focus on when it comes to one of the few clear superstars of this era.” Keep Reading…
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Ken Berger of CBSSports.com on Durant’s future: “This is all another way of saying the Thunder won’t have to sell Durant on how good they’ll be. They’re already good. Only the Spurs have a better winning percentage over the past five seasons, and only the Spurs (nine) and Heat (14) have won more playoff series than the Thunder during that span (eight). They also won’t have to sell Durant on being patient while a youth movement takes hold. They’re already young, with an average age of 26.3 as of opening night. Essentially, none of the reasons that prompted James, Anthony, Paul, Howard and other stars to change teams in recent years apply to Durant. Anything the typical star free agent looks for in a suitor, Durant already has (with the exception of being able to compete in the Eastern Conference).” Keep Reading…
It’s happening again.
Kevin Durant will miss at least 7-10 days with a left hamstring strain, the team announced. Following that, he’ll be re-evaluated.
Durant suffered the injury late in the second quarter against the Wizards on Tuesday in the Thunder’s 125-101 win. After a hard drive to the basket that resulted in a foul, Durant landed awkwardly and immediately grabbed at his left leg.
“After that foul, I came down a little awkward and landed on it a little harder than I wanted to, and it pulled,” Durant said after the game. Keep Reading…
Anthony Slater: “On the night Kevin Durant returned to his native city, on the day hordes of media
peppered him with free agency questions, during the game most considered just a sideshow to the ‘KD2DC’ movement, the loudest cheer came, by far, when Steven Adams was at the free-throw line. Adams, the Thunder’s shot-challenged center, lined up to shoot a pair of foul shots midway through the fourth quarter. He missed the first. Then the scoreboard flashed ‘free Chick-Fil-A sandwich’ if Adams missed both. A loud murmur was followed by an Adams brick. The crowd erupted, its loudest burst of the night. There wasn’t much else to cheer about.”
Kent Babb of the Washington Post: “Durant has given plenty of that money away and also has a charitable foundation that works with young athletes from low-income backgrounds. In 2013 he donated $150,000 to three community organizations in his native Seat Pleasant, Md., and that same year Durant’s foundation contributed $1 million to the American Red Cross, following tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma. All were acts of kindness, but in Durant’s ever-expanding world, someone will invariably feel left out. Brown, the National Christian coach, said he hasn’t spoken to Durant in years. But he said the star has not provided the school’s basketball program with so much as ‘a pair of shoes.'” Keep Reading…
WASHINGTON D.C. — Well, that didn’t go like it was supposed to.
The good news: The Thunder roasted the Wizards, getting a triple-double from Russell Westbrook (22-11-11) in 28 minutes, 25 points on 7-10 shooting from Dion Waiters and 23 from Serge Ibaka on 9-15 shooting.
The not as good news: Kevin Durant got hurt again. Wait, wait, wait, settle down. It’s just a left hamstring strain and by all appearances, not that serious.
“Little sore, man,” Durant said postgame. “I’ll get it checked on tomorrow and see what it’s looking like after that.” Keep Reading…
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Offensive Rating: Thunder – 110.8 (2nd), Wizards – 100.3 (24th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 105.9 (20th), Wizards – 105.2 (21st)
First, want to say a major thanks to Ryan Woods for his work on these here primers the past year-plus. He’s done an awesome job with them and I’ve appreciated his work very much. But with other things in the way, he’s relinquishing the esteemed duty. So here’s my first primer in a while…
The Thunder play the Wizards tonight. It should be an interesting game. Talk about it here. Go Basketball Game.
Two weeks into the season and some trends have begun to emerge. The most alarming trend for the Thunder is a defense that has more leaks than an Edward Snowden PowerPoint presentation.
Through the first seven games, the Thunder rank 20th in defensive efficiency and 25th in opponent points per game. The primary culprit for the porous defense is pick and roll (PNR) coverage. Notably, against the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, and Chicago Bulls, the Thunder, most critically in the fourth quarter of those games, switched on a high percentage of screens. For those who don’t enjoy breaking down PNR defense, the simple explanation is that, rather than trying to fight through a screen so that a defender continues to stick with his man, the Thunder have a nasty habit of casually swapping match-ups, so that the player defending the ballhandler will defend the screener, and the player defending the screener will defend the ballhandler. Keep Reading…